historicism: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hi-stôr'u-siz"um, -stor'-), [key]
- a theory that history is determined by immutable laws and not by human agency.
- a theory that all cultural phenomena are historically determined and that historians must study each period without imposing any personal or absolute value system.
- a profound or excessive respect for historical institutions, as laws or traditions.
- a search for laws of historical evolution that would explain and predict historical phenomena.
- historicism (Thesaurus)